There are few things better in Colorado than getting outside to enjoy the winter weather. But you don’t have to head up to the mountains to do it. Hit the local ice rinks or sledding hills for a quick bit of outdoor winter fun.
Take a break from holiday shopping downtown with a few turns on the ice at Skyline Park. Right on the 16th Street Mall, entrance to the rink is always free and skate rental is just $8 for anyone over 13 and $6 for anyone under 13.
Where: Skyline Park, Arapahoe Street between 16th and 17th Street.
If only all airports had ice skating rinks we might all like going to them more. For the third year, the airport is freezing its outdoor plaza and opening it up to the public from November 23 until Jan. 6.
Where: 8500 Peña Boulevard, Denver, CO
Centennial’s Streets at Southglenn offers a nice break from all the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping with its outdoor skating rink, The Cube. The rink is a little smaller than some, but there’s no limit on your ice time, so you can skate to your heart’s content.
Where: Streets at Southglenn
6991 South Vine Street, Centennial, CO
New this year, Boulder Creek Productions is bringing its annual winterskate to the Shops at Northfield Stapleton. BC Productions has been putting up rinks for years and they’ve mastered the art of recreating a frozen pond without...well...without any ponds nearby. Unlimited skate time is $10 for adults, $9 for kids under 12.
Where: 8340 Northfield Boulevard, Denver, CO
If you’re more of an indoor skater, the Air Force hanger turned massive skating complex at Big Bear is the place to be. The arena has activities going on all day from skating lessons to family stick and puck time to a youth hockey program.
Where: 8580 East Lowry Boulevard, Denver, CO
With two NHL-sized rinks, Edge has tons going on if you’re into hockey, broomball or figure skating.
Where: 6623 South Ward Street, Littleton, CO
Ruby Hill is the biggest legal sledding area in Denver (it’s not allowed in all city parks and you don’t really want to get a ticket for sledding do you?) and not only does it have a nice grade, it’s got a terrain park as well for those looking for a bit more extreme take on their winter tubing.
Where: 1200 West Florida Avenue, Denver, CO
How could it not be good for sledding? It’s right there in the name. It’s not the steepest hill in the city, but it’s plenty long. Parking can be a little tricky though. The park recommends looking in nearby Eagle Meadows Park a few blocks away.
Where: 9989 Ken Caryl Avenue, Littleton, CO
One of the steeper sledding hills in the area, the Boulder park can even bring out people looking to get in a few easy runs on snowboards and skis before heading to the real mountains.
Where: Hanover Avenue and South 46th Street, Boulder, CO